The winner will receive a publication contract that includes a $1,500 advance, promotional support, 25 author's copies, and a discount on future copies.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2021.

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages and may contain one or several individual poems published previously in magazines or journals. Manuscripts without previously published poems are also welcome. Poems may be of any style, length, or form.

Final judge this year is Quan Barry, whose books include the poetry collections Asylum (2001), Controvertibles (2004), Water Puppets (2011), and Loose Strife (2015). She also wrote the novels She Weeps Each Time You’re Born (2015) and We Ride Upon Sticks (2020). Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Missouri Review, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Barry received an Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Wallace Stegner program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

To submit to the 2021 New American Poetry Prize, use our convenient online submission manager, which saves paper and helps keep things organized.

We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information from the manuscript itself. All necessary contact information will be included in your Submittable file.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

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